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FFRF Sues Kentucky Jail for Records Related to “Night of Prayer”

3/14/2018 · FFRF is suing a Kentucky county jail for failing to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act. On October 6, 2017, FFRF requested records from Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley related to a "Night of Prayer" held at Laurel County Correctional Center (LCCC) on August … More »

Assembly not required: Prayers ended in school (March 5, 2018)

3/5/2018 · FFRF has remedied unconstitutional Christian proselytization at a South Carolina high school. In December, Fox Creek High School in Columbia, S.C., held an assembly for all boys in the school in response to vandalism incidents. A school janitorial staff member — who is also a … More »

FFRF gets school to run away from prayer walk (February 28, 2018)

2/28/2018 · After a concerned parent contacted FFRF about religious promotion at a school in Mendenhall, Miss., action was taken to remedy the violation. It was reported that the principal of Mendenhall Jr. High School used a recorded message before the start of the school year to … More »

Bad Axe High School chops religious club (February 28, 2018)

2/28/2018 · FFRF has reminded a Michigan school of its obligation not to promote or endorse religion after being alerted that a teacher at Bad Axe High School was hosting a Christian “breakfast club” in her classroom every Thursday morning. A Facebook page for the club, which … More »

With one stroke, FFRF removes N.C. painting (February 22, 2018)

2/22/2018 · FFRF has gotten a brazenly religious work of art removed from a North Carolina courthouse. A Cleveland County resident informed FFRF that a large painting had been installed in the main corridor of the Cleveland County Courthouse depicting a Latin cross and an ichthys, also … More »

FFRF tackles coach-led prayers in Alabama (February 21, 2018)

2/21/2018 · FFRF has ensured that a coach at a school in Bayminatte, Ala., will no longer be leading his team in prayer. FFRF was informed that this past September, a football player was injured during an Elberta High School football game. Following the injury, Coach Kenny … More »

Oklahoma football team doesn’t have a prayer (February 19, 2018)

2/19/2018 · FFRF has remedied a constitutional violation taking place within an Oklahoma City school district. It was reported to FFRF by a concerned area resident that Putnam City High School had been including religion in its football program. The Rev. Mike Keahbone was allegedly leading the … More »

One more stop: Utah bus driver ends proselytizing (February 16, 2018)

2/16/2018 · A concerned parent reported to FFRF that a bus driver for Helen M. Knight Elementary School, part of the Grand County School District on Moab, Utah, passed out proselytizing gifts to students on her bus. The gifts included candy and bookmarks with bible quotes … More »

Florida district removes unsightly plaques (February 15, 2018)

2/15/2018 · Thanks to FFRF, religious messages have been removed from a Florida school. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that plaques had been posted in all school buildings in the Dixie County Schools District listing four district goals, the last of which is to “Serve … More »

Texas Good News Club gets bad news (February 13, 2018)

2/13/2018 · A concerned family member of a student of Wichita Falls Independent School District in Irving, Texas, reported to FFRF that there was a prominent display advertising the Good News Club — a religious club — in Fain Elementary School. The advertisement indicated that the … More »

FFRF stands up for New Jersey students (February 12, 2018)

2/12/2018 · FFRF has protected students’ rights of conscience at a New Jersey high school. A student reported to FFRF that an East Brunswick High School teacher singled the student out to talk about why they were not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, and threatened … More »

Texas school gets versed in Constitution (February 12, 2018)

2/12/2018 · It was reported to FFRF that a teacher at a Texas elementary school was regularly quoting bible verses to his students. At Stafford Elementary’s fourth-grade graduation ceremony last June, the teacher allegedly took the microphone and announced that he regularly was telling his students … More »

Club discontinued in Arkansas district (February 9, 2018)

2/9/2018 · A concerned parent of a Bentonville Public Schools student informed FFRF that a woman, Esther Seim, was leading a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group for students of Osage Creek Elementary School and Creekside Middle School in Bentonville, Ark. FCA was reportedly organized and run … More »

See You at the Pole? Not if you work for school (February 7, 2018)

2/7/2018 · FFRF has reminded a Louisiana school district of its legal obligation to refrain from promoting religion. A concerned Ouachita Parish School System member contacted FFRF to report that East Ouachita Middle School in Monroe, La., hosted a “See You at the Pole” event — a … More »

Emergency! Crosses come off rescue vehicles (February 6, 2018)

2/6/2018 · A concerned resident reported to FFRF that Palm Beach County in Florida had been displaying Latin crosses on its fire trucks and ambulances to commemorate fallen firefighters and EMTs. FFRF wrote to the county on Jan. 19 emphasizing that while it has no objection … More »

FFRF coaches schools on coach-led prayer (February 6, 2018)

2/6/2018 · FFRF stopped constitutional violations that nearly took place in three high schools in a Florida school district. It was reported to FFRF that the Gainesville High School, Eastside High School and Buchholtz High School football teams were scheduled to attend a Fellowship of Christian … More »

Nebraska coaches won't lead prayer before banquet (February 5, 2018)

2/5/2018 · Where: Blair High School. Violation: During an end-of-the-season banquet this past October, two cross country coaches delivered a Christian prayer as a blessing for the food. Outcome: Blair Community Schools Superintendent Rex Pfei responded to FFRF’s concern on Feb. 5, reporting that he had addressed the … More »

Georgia Marching Band performances remove overtly Christian theme (February 5, 2018)

2/5/2018 · Where: Rome High School. Violation: The school’s marching band chose a Christian worship theme for 2017. The performance was called “Alleluia!” It featured stained-glass church windows as props and included flags with the names of multiple books from the bible written on them. The musical … More »

Juvenile detention facility will no longer force children to attend church services (January 31, 2018)

1/31/2018 · Violation: A county Circuit Court judge was conducting a Christian church service in the county juvenile detention facility. He is one of only two juvenile court judges in the county, and many of the children in the facility are serving a sentence that the … More »

Florida Mayors office will not promote National Day of Prayer (January 30, 2018)

1/30/2018 · Where: Auburndale. Violation: The mayor’s office held an event for the National Day of Prayer at the Auburndale Civic Center. The city organized the event, distributed advertisement flyers and sold tickets. Outcome: In a response received Jan. 30, the city assured FFRF that it would refrain … More »

Missouri school stops teaching creationism (January 29, 2018)

1/29/2018 · Where: Smith-Hale Middle School in Kansas City. Violation: A seventh-grade science teacher was reportedly teaching creationism. Outcome: Superintendent Yolanda Cargile replied to FFRF: “All teachers are expected to teach prescribed curriculum and are not allowed to develop and teach curriculum outside of what has been approved … More »

School takes down religious decorations in Texas (January 23, 2018)

1/28/2018 · Where: Sunray Independent School District. Violation: The district hosted a Christmas open house that featured elaborate holiday-themed wall decorations throughout the building, including hallway walls and classroom doors. Outcome: Superintendent Marshall Harrison recently responded, assuring FFRF that Sunray ISD employees will be briefed on not promoting … More »

FFRF & CREW sue over Ben Carson FOIA violations

1/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Secretary Ben Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development for dodging records requests relating to a White House bible study. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, has teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a … More »

Prayers will no longer be broadcasted over the loudspeaker (January 21, 2018)

1/21/2018 · Where: Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tenn. Violation: Prayers were being broadcasted over the loudspeaker prior to football games. Outcome: The district attorney responded by phone on Jan. 21 informing FFRF that he told the athletic board he would be retraining school administrators regarding their … More »

"Worship night" event will no longer be promoted by school employees (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · Where: Woodmont High School in Greenville, South Carolina. Violation: The school had scheduled “worship night” on a Sunday evening as part of “spirit week” activities. The event had been coordinated and promoted by school staff members. Outcome: On Jan. 19, an attorney representing the school district … More »

New Mexico college removes crosses (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · Where: New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. … More »

Illinois football coaches cease praying with players (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · Where: East Alton-Wood River High School in Wood River. Violation: Football coaches were regularly participating in prayers with their students. A Facebook post from this past September pictured several coaches praying during a football game with players from both East Alton-Wood River and Dupo high … More »

Bible verse on T-shirts banned from band (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · FFRF has remedied several state/church violations within a Missouri public school after receiving multiple complaints from area residents regarding school employees at Buffalo High School promoting religion. It was reported that the band director of the school’s marching band included a bible verse on the … More »

Iowa church does not receive property tax exemption (January 17, 2018)

1/17/2018 · Where: Des Moines County. Violation: The County Board of Supervisors was planning to vote on waiving a property tax exemption deadline for Harmony Bible Church. (It was also reported that Board Chairman Bob Beck said, “I’ve never gotten in trouble for saying it, but I … More »

Virginia school will no longer list church events on calendar (January 16, 2018)

1/16/2018 · Where: Dominion High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Violation: The school was regularly listing the worship services of Grace Covenant Church on the school calendar of events. Outcome: The district responded on Jan. 16 informing FFRF that church services were removed from the school calendar of events. FFRF … More »

Kentucky school won't allow bibles to be handed out to students (January 11, 2018)

1/11/2018 · Where: South Hopkins Middle School in Nortonville. … More »

California high school halts field trip to religious location (January 11, 2018)

1/11/2018 · Where: Dixie School District in San Rafael. Violation: The district was planning a field trip for all its fifth-graders to Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, a religious location. The management of the site states that its mission is to provide a place “where our guests meet … More »

Ohio football coaches stop praying with team (January 10, 2018)

1/10/2018 · Where: Celina High School. Violation: The high school football team and its coaching staff prayed with the St. Mary’s High School football team after a game this past fall. Celina High School’s head coach, Brennen Bader, encouraged his players to participate. Outcome: On Jan. 10, an … More »

Pennsylvania high school coaches stop praying with students (January 9, 2018)

1/9/2018 · Where: Cocalico and Solanco school districts in Lancaster County. Violation: After a football game between the two schools this past November, the coaches gathered their teams together in the middle of the field to say a prayer. Outcome: FFRF was informed on Jan. 9 that the … More »

Nativity scene removed from Ohio government property (January 9, 2018)

1/9/2018 · Where: Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna, Ohio. … More »

Washington coach will no longer pray with students (January 8, 2018)

1/8/2018 · Where: Waitsburg High School. Violation: The boys’ basketball coach, Matthew Wyatt, was shown in a Facebook post kneeling and bowing his head in prayer with the team. Wyatt posted the photo with the caption, “My favorite thing about practice each day.” Outcome: The district responded on … More »

Louisiana Sheriff removes religious posts from official facebook page (January 8, 2018)

1/8/2018 · Where: Washington Parish. Violation: Sheriff Randy Seal regularly invoked Christian scripture in his official statements as sheriff, statements that were reflected on the Washington Parish Sheriff’s official Facebook page. Outcome: The department’s legal counsel recently informed FFRF that the bible verses and highly religious posts have … More »

Arkansas high school stops using social media to promote religion (January 8, 2018)

1/8/2018 · Where: Glen Rose High School in Malvern. Violation: The high school used its official Facebook page to endorse the Christian-oriented prayer rally, “See You at the Pole,” that took place this past fall. Outcome: On Jan. 8, Superintendent Tim Holicer informed FFRF that he had met … More »

Texas football coaches will no longer recite Lord's prayer with students (January 5, 2018)

1/5/2018 · Where: Gregory-Portland High School in Portland and Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi. … More »

Alabama High School stops schools promotion of baccalaureate (January 5, 2018)

1/5/2018 · Where: Opp High School in Opp. Violation: A baccalaureate service was held in the auditorium and the school principal led the seniors in prayer during the service. Also, at the high school’s graduation ceremony, a prayer was listed on the graduation program and was delivered … More »

Colorado school district stops endorsing baccalaureate services (January 2, 2018)

1/2/2018 · Where: Palisade High School. Violation: An invocation led by a pastor was scheduled for its 2018 graduation ceremony and the district was endorsing a baccalaureate service for graduating seniors. Outcome: On Jan. 2, in a letter from an attorney representing the school district, FFRF was assured … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at MN City Council (December 28, 2017)

12/28/2017 · It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the Little Falls City Council in Minnesota was opening each year’s first meeting with a Christian prayer. Members of the Franciscan Sisters have given the opening invocation in 2016 and 2017, and have been exclusively been given … More »

Colorado town ends worship event support (December 26, 2017)

12/26/2017 · FFRF has ended an annual unconstitutional religious event put on by a Colorado town. Each year, the town of Gypsum was hosting a community worship event called “Praise in the Park” as part of its summer celebration, “Gypsum Daze.” The event included live performances of … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (December 22, 2017)

12/22/2017 · FFRF got involved after being informed that the city of Buena Park, Calif., was hosting an annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Although a nonprofit organization was promoted as presenting the prayer breakfast, the city’s website was advertising the event and instructing the public to send RSVPs … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers in Utah (December 20, 2017)

12/20/2017 · On Aug. 17, FFRF wrote to the Tooele County School District in Utah over unconstitutional promotion of religion by the district superintendent. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that at the 2017 annual and mandatory meeting the district has at the beginning of its school … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at Kentucky Elementary school (December 19, 2017)

12/19/2017 · After receiving multiple reports from concerned parents that a Kentucky public elementary school was promoting religion to its students, FFRF got involved. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that a teacher at Valley Elementary School in Pikeville, Ky., was requiring students to say a … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at Kansas High School (December 18, 2017)

12/18/2017 · A concerned parent reported to FFRF that the principal of Oskaloosa Junior/Senior High School in Kansas had led students, parents and faculty in a prayer at the 2017 Fall Athletic Banquet, which was held to recognize all of the students who were in sports … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers in Elementary School (December 6, 2017)

12/6/2017 · After it was reported to FFRF that a second-grade teacher at Ashford Elementary School in Alabama was leading her students in daily prayer before lunch, FFRF took action. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell on Dec. 4 to … More »

Bible study no longer sponsored by S.C. city (December 5, 2017)

12/5/2017 · It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the city of Newberry, S.C., was regularly sponsoring a Christian “Bibles and Badges” bible study. The studies were being held in city facilities and the city was listed on social media as the meeting host. The city’s … More »

Kentucky school ends religious violations (December 5, 2017)

12/5/2017 · A concerned student contacted FFRF to report that students and staff at Christian County High School in Kentucky had participated in a See You at the Pole event on school property in September 2017, during which staff led students in prayer. Additionally, FFRF learned … More »

Religious project stopped in Ohio school (December 3, 2017)

12/3/2017 · An Ohio public school will not be promoting religion in the future after a concerned parent reported to FFRF that Big Walnut High School was participating in “Operation Christmas Child,” a Christian ministry the school had been participating in for 25 years. FFRF Patrick O’Reiley … More »

Religious decor removed from elementary school (November 20, 2017)

11/20/2017 · Religious decor is no longer on display in Ricardo Elementary School in Kingsville, Texas, thanks to FFRF. Action was taken after FFRF received a complaint from a concerned parent that a wreath with a Latin cross on it was hanging on the school's office … More »

FFRF nixes Jesus from Texas school (November 20, 2017)

11/20/2017 · A parent of a student in the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas reported to FFRF that a religious club called "Kids Beach Club" was permitted to set up a table to advertise during a recent open house event at Crockett Elementary. The table had … More »

FFRF halts Texas school prayer walk (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · It was brought to FFRF's attention that Summer Creek High School in Houston hosted a "prayer walk" on Sept. 10 at the school to commemorate its recent merger with Kingwood High School. The official Summer Creek High School page had promoted the event under … More »

FFRF serves up law to pizza joint (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · A local patron of Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza in Bentonville, Ark., informed FFRF that the restaurant was offering and promoting a 10 percent discount on Sundays to customers presenting a church bulletin. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the manager to inform … More »

FFRF earns victory in Oklahoma (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · FFRF has stopped some Oklahoma middle school kids from being forced to regularly listen to Christian music during the school day. A concerned parent informed FFRF that teachers at Adair Middle School in Adair, Okla., were playing Christian music during class. One teacher reportedly played … More »

Christian messages axed (November 14, 2017)

11/14/2017 · It was reported to FFRF that a principal at Little Axe Middle School in Norman, Okla., gave a Christian invocation at a staff dinner this past August asking Jesus "to inspire" the new teachers. FFRF was also informed that the school's baseball coach had … More »

Arkansas violations get cleared up (November 14, 2017)

11/14/2017 · FFRF has had prayer struck from a performance at an Arkansas elementary school. FFRF learned that students at Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., were going to perform in a Thanksgiving-themed program with music and poetry. Students were sent home with a list of lyrics … More »

Taking care of business in Lone Star state (November 13, 2017)

11/13/2017 · A couple of community members contacted FFRF to report that two constitutional violations took place within the Corpus Christi Independent School District. After a Miller High School football game in Corpus Christi, Texas, players and coaches had congregated in the middle of the field … More »

FFRF quiets worship music at Indiana school (November 10, 2017)

11/10/2017 · FFRF was informed that a choir director for Loogootee middle and high schools in Indiana had been using her position to promote religion to students in the school’s choir program. The program had been performing overwhelmingly Christian music and choir students were being required to … More »

FFRF ends school’s violations (November 9, 2017)

11/9/2017 · After it was reported to FFRF that numerous constitutional violations were taking place at Chandler Junior High School in Chandler, Okla., action was promptly taken. FFRF was informed that the dress code — which had been posted by the school on Facebook — prohibits … More »

Coaches no longer will See You at the Pole (November 3, 2017)

11/3/2017 · FFRF learned that a football and track coach at Anna High School in Texas had participated in a See You at the Pole event on school property in September, which opened with prayer. Additionally, the school was advertising a See You at the Pole … More »

No more proselytizing at elementary school (October 27, 2017)

10/27/2017 · It was reported to FFRF that Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., hosted a presentation by a Christian minister this September in the school gymnasium. During the presentation, the children were given rubber bracelets from the local Philadelphia Baptist Church that read, "PBC Living God, … More »

Baseball coaches cease prayers (October 23, 2017)

10/23/2017 · After a community member reported to FFRF that coaches for the Oktaha High School baseball team in Oktaha, Okla., had been praying with the team, FFRF's Patrick O'Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Superintendent Jerry Needham to ensure that the district coaches end … More »

Michigan schools stop holding prayer circles (October 17, 2017)

10/17/2017 · FFRF has equipped a coaching staff in a Michigan school district to have a better understanding of the First Amendment. On Sept. 28, a prayer ritual was performed after a football player was injured in a game between Bay City High School and H.H. Dow … More »

Tennessee football team prayers to end (October 13, 2017)

10/13/2017 · FFRF has ensured that public prayers will not be announced during football games in a Tennessee school district. It was reported to FFRF that at the start of a football game at McEwen Junior High in Waverly, Tenn., a Christian prayer was delivered over the … More »

FFRF earns victory in Iowa high school (October 11, 2017)

10/11/2017 · A concerned parent informed FFRF that a football coach for Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa, had instituted team prayer and devotionals. The team's head coach, Scott Carlson, had been praying with the team before and after every game, and requested that players join him. … More »

FFRF mends violations in Texas school district (October 11, 2017)

10/11/2017 · A Texas school district will comply with its constitutional duty to remain neutral in matters of religion after hearing from FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that West Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas, had been advertising a private Christian-orientated prayer rally event, "See You at … More »

Baccalaureate service no longer promoted (October 10, 2017)

10/10/2017 · FFRF was informed that Warwick Valley High School in Warwick, N.Y., was continuing to promote a baccalaureate service for graduating seniors that FFRF had raised constitutional concerns about in the past. The Warwick Valley Central School District's official website and calendar promote the religious event. … More »

Kansas team guidelines given secular update (October 5, 2017)

10/5/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a Kansas school football staff will prioritize its constitutional duty to keep personal religion out of coaching tactics. FFRF was informed that the guidelines in the Eisenhower Middle School football program indicated that God is the team's first priority. FFRF Legal … More »

Religious event ends at Alabama school (October 4, 2017)

10/4/2017 · An Alabama principal has been given a lesson on the First Amendment, courtesy of FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that Roger Wilkinson, the principal of Mitchell Elementary School in Gadsden, Ala., sent a message out to all parents and students promoting a "See You … More »

FFRF removes biblical game in Florida park (October 2, 2017)

10/2/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, children in a Florida town can enjoy a public playground free of religious propaganda. A resident informed FFRF that on a visit to R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar, Fla., she had stumbled upon a small playground with a picture game that depicted … More »

New Jersey school halts promotion of worship (October 2, 2017)

10/2/2017 · After receiving warning from FFRF, a New Jersey school district will cease its unconstitutional sponsorship of divisive religious activities. It was reported to FFRF that the Millville Board of Education co-sponsored an event that included Christian worship. The event, Millville Elk's Donald "Ducky" Sharp Youth … More »

Professor receives lesson on constitution (October 1, 2017)

10/1/2017 · A professor at a Kansas public university will no longer be holding classes in a religious setting after FFRF took action. It was reported to FFRF that a professor at Wichita State University was holding her chemistry classes in a religious coffee shop that described … More »

Texas school district to make secular changes (September 29, 2017)

9/29/2017 · FFRF has halted religious promotion taking place in a Texas school district. FFRF learned that the Lyford Consolidated School District in Lyford, Texas, was sending home permission slips with fifth-grade students so that the students could take bibles distributed by the district. FFRF was also … More »

FFRF protects students’ freedom from pledges (September 28, 2017)

9/28/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a Wisconsin teacher has a better understanding of students' First Amendment rights. It was brought to FFRF's attention by a concerned parent that a third-grade teacher at Frank Allis Elementary School in Madison, Wis., was forcing students to stand up for the … More »

Religion in Texas district exterminated (September 27, 2017)

9/27/2017 · FFRF put the kibosh on future unconstitutional religious events hosted by a public school district in Texas. It was reported to FFRF that the Burkburnett Independent School District in Texas was advertising a “Family Night” event with the first scheduled activity titled “YOUTH GROUPS Gather … More »

FFRF halts religious promotion in school (September 27, 2017)

9/27/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a public school district in Texas has ceased its distribution of Christian propaganda. A concerned community member informed FFRF that administrators at Wood River Elementary in Corpus Christi, Texas, sent an email promoting the event “See You at the Pole,” a Christian-oriented … More »

Alabama school ceases unlawful prayer (September 27, 2017)

9/27/2017 · After a concerned community member reported that a principal in an Alabama public school district organized a prayer event, FFRF took action. FFRF learned that a principal at Mill Creek Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., invited the public to pray for the school district community … More »

Oklahoma sheriff’s office removes quote (September 26, 2017)

9/26/2017 · A bible quote has been removed from an Oklahoma sheriff’s office building after FFRF warned against promoting religion on behalf of the government. The bible passage quoting Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God,” was on visible … More »

Teacher to stop pushing student prayers (September 21, 2017)

9/21/2017 · A concerned parent alerted FFRF that a kindergarten teacher in the Booneville School District in Booneville, Miss., was selecting a student each day to lead her class in a pre-lunch prayer. On Sept. 7, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the school district, cautioning … More »

Texas district won’t promote religion (September 13, 2017)

9/13/2017 · A Texas school will no longer unlawfully promote religion after receiving a legal letter from FFRF. A parent contacted FFRF to let it know that at Judson High School in Live Oak, Texas, a religious invocation and benediction had been delivered at the school's graduation … More »

Texas district to halt teacher-led prayers (September 13, 2017)

9/13/2017 · A school district in Texas has taken precautions to ensure that it does not endorse Christianity after receiving a letter from FFRF over staff meeting prayers. A district employee contacted FFRF to report that during an in-school training day at Brewer High School in Fort … More »

FFRF muffles prayer in Arkansas school (September 8, 2017)

9/8/2017 · A principal at an Arkansas elementary school will no longer be pushing prayer after the district received a letter from FFRF addressing a constitutional complaint. A concerned community member informed FFRF that a principal at Allen Elementary School in Siloam Springs, Ark., had invited first- … More »

Church recruiters in school told to scram (September 8, 2017)

9/8/2017 · A Louisiana middle school has heeded FFRF’s warning over a serious constitutional violation. FFRF took action after it learned that a “Field Day” event hosted by Scott M. Brame Middle School in Alexandria, La., was sponsored by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and staffed … More »

FFRF squashes godly speech in Texas school (September 8, 2017)

9/8/2017 · After receiving a legal letter from FFRF, a Texas school district has taken steps to keep its commencement speeches secular and lawful. It was reported to FFRF that during a commencement speech in the Quitman Independent School District in Quitman, Texas, a parent speaker quoted … More »

California school gets constitution lesson (September 7, 2017)

9/7/2017 · The staff in a California school district has been educated by FFRF on constitutional concepts after a First Amendment violation was addressed. FFRF was informed that a teacher at Roseville High in Roseville, Calif., had been pressuring students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance … More »

Texas school shuns Gideons from campus (September 5, 2017)

9/5/2017 · Students at a Texas elementary school won't be herded to receive Gideon bibles after FFRF sent a warning to the school district over the constitutional violation. It was reported to FFRF that teachers at West Fountain Elementary School in Wichita Falls, Texas, had lined students up … More »

California school expels prayers (August 30, 2017)

8/30/2017 · A California elementary school will no longer be including prayers in its graduation ceremonies after receiving a warning from FFRF. A concerned parent informed FFRF that an elementary graduation ceremony at Blochman Union School District in Santa Maria, Calif., included an invocation and benediction led … More »

FFRF gives Alabama school lesson on law (August 28, 2017)

8/28/2017 · An Alabama school district will not be promoting religious events, thanks to FFRF's involvement. FFRF was informed that Fairview High School in Cullman, Ala., had used its televised morning announcements to advertise a religious event, the "Decide" Youth Rally, which took place in January at … More »

Virginia school division ceases staff prayers (August 28, 2017)

8/28/2017 · A Virginia school division in Smithfield will no longer include prayer in its mandatory employee convocations. It was reported to FFRF that every year at the Isle of Wight County School Division convocations, a guest speaker would lead the staff in a Christian prayer. At the … More »

South Carolina transit to run on ‘Good Friday’ (August 25, 2017)

8/25/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a South Carolina transit system will be up and running on Good Friday. It was reported to FFRF that the Spartanburg Area Transit System in South Carolina did not run on the Christian holy day, Good Friday, on April 14. FFRF's Legal Director … More »

Ohio school won’t teach creationism anymore (August 24, 2017)

8/24/2017 · FFRF and Americans United have ensured that creationist myths will no longer be taught at an online Ohio public charter school based out of Akron. A concerned parent of an Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy student contacted FFRF to report the school's biology classes … More »

FFRF pushes for secular school supplies (August 18, 2017)

8/18/2017 · FFRF has ensured that an elementary school in Texas will no longer be partnering with a religious organization for school supplies. It was reported to FFRF that Glen Rose Elementary School in Glen Rose, Texas, had partnered with a Christian organization, School Tool Box, to … More »

Missouri school coach won’t give prayers (August 15, 2017)

8/15/2017 · FFRF has put the kibosh on coach-led prayers at a school district in Shelbina, Mo. It was reported to FFRF that the South Shelby High School football coach, Rob Wilt, was leading prayers with student-athletes after games last year. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to … More »

Superintendent won’t lead prayers in Texas (August 11, 2017)

8/11/2017 · FFRF was able to get a superintendent to stop leading prayers at school-related functions. FFRF learned the superintendent of Crosby Independent School District in Crosby, Texas, had led a prayer at an awards ceremony for students and led similar prayers at Crosby High School graduation … More »

Missouri school steps away from religion (August 9, 2017)

8/9/2017 · A community member contacted FFRF over a promotion of religion at Cole Camp High School in Missouri during the school's Senior Awards Night, and FFRF promptly took action. A school staff member had promoted a religious baccalaureate service scheduled immediately after the school-sponsored award … More »

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